Tuesday 23 January 2018

Gerry O’Regan: His talent was taking the road less travelled

Aengus Fanning with his wife Anne Harris
Aengus Fanning with his wife Anne Harris
Aengus with the late Ronnie Drew
With the late Garret FitzGerald in Ranelagh
Aengus with Bertie Ahern in September 2002
Aengus Fanning with the then UUP leader David Trimble at Stormont
Aengus with the late Veronica Guerin in 1995
Aengus Fanning (back row) when he played for Kerry in 1960s
Aengus with former Kerry footballer Mick O'Connell at Valentia Island, Co Kerry
Aengus Fanning with Ulick O'Connor on Bloomsday in 2009
Aengus with first wife Mary and their sons Dion, Evan and Steve
Aengus as part of the Sunday Independent's Cricket Society (back row, second from left)

NEWSPAPERS are in so many ways tribal affairs -- and if you were not in the Sindo tribe Aengus Fanning could be a difficult man to really get to know.

Of course, there was more often than not the usual incidental banter entwined with the self-deprecating personality. But for many of us, the private man remained inscrutable, concealed behind a carefully constructed "sure don't mind me, lads, I'm only here" persona.

Aengus grew up in Tralee town and I was from three miles 'out the road' on the Dingle Peninsula. I did not know him back then but his brother Conell was of my era in Tralee CBS.

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